Uncovering the lost albums of Lena Hughes, Missouri musical legend
We'll admit that we've never heard of it till this NPR story came along: parlor music. It's a genre of music popular in the late 19th century--before recorded music gave people something to listen to in the parlor. Lena Hughes was never famous outside of Missouri but she was a master of the genre. Now, more than a decade after her death, one of her superfans is reissuing the only recording she ever made.
Sometime in the mid-1960s - no one's really sure when - Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she